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A Guide to ‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland’s Trailblazing Sci-Fi Career

[Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with Paramount’s “Annihilation” – in theaters February 23rd. Click here for more details.]

From his screenwriting debut, the 2002 sci-fi classic “28 Days Later,” to his directorial debut, the 2015 breakthrough “Ex Machina,” filmmaker Alex Garland has proven himself to be a trailblazing force in modern sci-fi cinema.

His latest, “Annihilation,” follows a biologist (Natalie Portman) who teams up with a group of scientists (played by Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, among others) to explore an environmental disaster zone that has claimed the lives of nearly every other person who has entered Area X — including her husband (Oscar Isaac), who is gravely ill.

First reactions to the film have called it “brilliant,” “riveting,” and “wickedly disturbing” — a worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Ex Machina.” Ahead of “Annihilation,” which debuts this Friday, get up to speed with the rest of Garland’s oeuvre in this quick primer.

“28 Days Later” (2002)

While Garland first achieved pop culture
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Alex Garland’s FX Television Series Revealed: ‘Devs’ is a ‘Technology Story’ Set in San Francisco

Alex Garland’s FX Television Series Revealed: ‘Devs’ is a ‘Technology Story’ Set in San Francisco
Alex Garland is Hollywood’s current visionary when it comes to science-fiction, and he’s getting ready to take his talents to the small screen for his first television project with FX. The “Annihilation” director made headlines earlier this month when he said his television show would be in the same vein of sci-fi as his beloved directorial debut “Ex Machina,” and now he has revealed more concrete information to Collider.

Garland’s FX series is titled “Devs,” which is a nod to software developers and teases what the general story is about. According to Garland, the show is set in San Francisco and is only being designed for one season, “self-contained” story, although certain story threads could lend themselves to a follow-up run of episodes.

“It’s about a particular aspect of technology at the moment which is to do with very, very big data and very powerful processing power,
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Alex Garland is developing a tech-based sci-fi TV series for FX

With his second feature film Annihilation gearing up for a release later this month, filmmaker Alex Garland has revealed to Fandango that he’s turning his attention to the small screen and is currently developing an eight-part sci-fi drama for FX.

“It’s a sort of science fiction, but it’s a much more technology-based sci-fi whereas Annihilation is a more hallucinogenic form of sci-fi and more fantastical form of sci-fi,” said Garland. “This is slightly more in common with projects I’ve worked on like Ex Machina or Never Let Me Go, which are taking something about our world now – not our world in the future, but our world as it is right now – and then drawing sort of inferences and conclusions from it.”

After penning the screenplays for 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd, Garland made his directorial debut with 2015’s Ex Machina. His new
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Alex Garland developing new eight-part TV series

Alec Bojalad Feb 11, 2018

Sci-fi movie maestro Alex Garland has revealed some of the details of his upcoming project for FX...

Alex Garland has made his name as one of science fiction's brightest modern voices.

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He got his start with the novel The Beach, which was adapted into the Leonard DiCaprio feature of the same name. He then moved into film, writing movies such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go - not to mention his brilliant directorial debut Ex Machina.

Now with his next directorial effort Annihilation coming soon to theaters in the Us, and going straight to Netflix in the UK, Garland has cast his eye to another medium needing his science fiction expertise. Garland cut a deal back in 2017 to produce a sci-fi TV show for FX.
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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland’s Next Project is a TV Series Like ‘Ex Machina’ Or ‘Never Let Me Go’

‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland’s Next Project is a TV Series Like ‘Ex Machina’ Or ‘Never Let Me Go’
Alex Garland only has two feature films under his belt as a director, but he’s quickly become one of the most exciting science-fiction filmmakers working today. And with early buzz for his upcoming film Annihilation suggesting that his directorial debut Ex Machina was no fluke, all eyes are on what Garland will do next. It turns out, he’ll be […]

The post ‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland’s Next Project is a TV Series Like ‘Ex Machina’ Or ‘Never Let Me Go’ appeared first on /Film.
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Alex Garland’s FX Series Will Be Science Fiction Similar to ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’

Alex Garland’s FX Series Will Be Science Fiction Similar to ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’
Alex Garland is getting ready to make his mark on television. The “Annihilation” director signed a deal with FX Productions last July to develop, write, and produce new television projects, and it appears he’s cracked the idea for his first series. Garland recently told Fandango (via The Playlist) that he’ll be going back to his more intimate science-fiction roots with his new series.

“It’s a sort of science fiction, but it’s a much more technology based science fiction whereas ‘Annihilation’ is a more hallucinogenic form of sci fi and a more fantastical form of sci fi,” Garland said. “This is slightly more in common with projects I’ve worked on like ‘Ex Machina‘ or ‘Never Let Me Go,’ which are taking something about our world now — not our world in the future, but our world as it is right now — and then drawing sort of inferences and conclusions from it.
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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Says His Upcoming TV Series Is More Like ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’

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There aren’t many people working in the science fiction space right now who are as exciting and as prolific as Alex Garland. The longtime screenwriter behind films like Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go and Dredd made the transition to writing and directing with 2014’s Ex Machina, a beloved (and super brainy) sci-fi film about the dangers of artificial intelligence that also happened to snag an Oscar for Best Visual Effects (and feature this gem of an Oscar Isaac dance scene)....

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'Peaky Blinders' producer plots Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation

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When We Were Orphans to become TV series.

Caryn Mandabach Productions has obtained the TV rights to Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel When We Were Orphans.

Set in 1930’s London and Shanghai, the book follows detective Christopher Banks as he attempts to solve the mystery of the disappearance of his parents in China where he was growing up.

Published in 2000, it is Nobel Prize-winner Ishiguro’s fifth novel.

He has been named as an executive producer on the project, which would be his first TV adaptation, alongside Mandabach and Jamie Glazebrook. Both work alongside Tiger Aspect on BBC2 Birmingham gangster thriller Peaky Blinders.

Ishiguro said: “TV has become such an exciting way to tell stories – so much is possible – and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about the company that gave us Peaky Blinders developing my London /Shanghai ‘detective novel’.”

Glazebrook hailed the novel as a “personal adventure that resonates today”.

Former Booker Prize winner Ishiguro
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‘Peaky Blinders’ Producer Options Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘When We Were Orphans’

Caryn Mandabach Productions will work on a TV adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro’s China- and U.K.-set psychological thriller “When We Were Orphans” after picking up the small-screen adaptation rights.

The “Peaky Blinders” producer struck the deal with ICM Partners, which reps Ishiguro. “The Remains of the Day” author will exec produce the TV project. “TV has now become such an exciting way to tell stories – so much is possible – and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about the company that gave us ‘Peaky Blinders’ developing my London/Shanghai ‘detective novel,’” said Ishiguro, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last year.

Two other Ishiguro novels, “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go,” have been adapted into critically acclaimed movies. “When We Were Orphans” follows detective Christopher Banks as he unravels the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his parents during his childhood in Shanghai.

Caryn Mandabach
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Nfts appoints Alex Garland as first associate director

Ex Machina writer-director takes up two-year position.

The UK’s National Film and Television School (Nfts) has appointed Oscar and Bafta nominated writer, producer and director Alex Garland as its first associate director.

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Garland is known for writing the screenplays for Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and Sunshine as well as Never Let Me Go and Dredd. He made his feature debut as a writer-director with 2015 sci-fi Ex Machina, which received Oscar and Bafta nominations.

His next film is sci-fi Annihilation, which stars Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac and is set for release next month.

Garland’s time in the Nfts role will last two years. His responsibilities will include acting as a role model and creative figurehead for the Nfts student body, contributing to learning through masterclasses and special events, and acting as an ambassador for the school to promote its achievements and enhance its profile both nationally
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Watch the Mark Romanek-Directed Video for Justin Timberlake’s “Filthy”

Justin Timberlake is back, and he’s brought a frequent collaborator with him. The artist/actor announced earlier this week that he has a new album coming out in February and would be releasing four music videos ahead of the album’s release, and the first one is online now. It’s called “Filthy” and it involves a dancing robot. That’s about all you need to know to entice you to watch, but the video was directed by Never Let Me Go and One Hour Photo helmer Mark Romanek, which makes it all the more intriguing. Romanek actually cut …
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Carey Mulligan Gets "Bazaar"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress Carey Mulligan ("The Great Gatsby") in the January 2018 issue of "Harper’s Bazaar" magazine (UK), wearing Saint Laurent, Chanel, Miu Miu, Simone Rocha and whole lot more, photographed by Richard Phibbs:

Mulligan's feature film debut was playing 'Kitty Bennet' in the 2005 film adaptation of "Pride & Prejudice", previously appearing on British TV series including "Bleak House" and "Doctor Who".

Mulligan received widespread recognition for her performance in "An Education" (2009), receiving an 'Academy Award' nomination and winning the 'BAFTA Award' for 'Best Actress in a Leading Role'.

In 2015, Mulligan was nominated for a 'Tony Award' for 'Best Lead Actress in a Play' for her performance in the Broadway revival of David Hare's "Skylight".

She is also noted for roles in "Never Let Me Go" (2010), "Drive" (2011), "Shame" (2011), "The Great Gatsby" (2013), "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013)...

..."Far from the Madding Crowd" (2015), and "Suffragette" (2015).

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Alex Garland Wants You to Know ‘Annihilation’ is the Anti-‘Ex Machina’: ‘It Demands an Open Mind’

Alex Garland Wants You to Know ‘Annihilation’ is the Anti-‘Ex Machina’: ‘It Demands an Open Mind’
Alex Garland has been one of the most reliable names in science-fiction cinema over the last decade, first as the screenwriter of titles such as “28 Days Later” and “Never Let Me Go” and later as the breakthrough director of “Ex Machina.” The latter was one of the big critical hits of 2015, winning an Oscar for VFX and recently being named one of the best sci-fi films of the century by IndieWire. All of this is to say expectations are sky high for Garland’s new sci-fi offering, the studio-funded “Annihilation.”

Read More:‘Annihilation’ New Trailer: Natalie Portman Leads A Mind-Bending Science-Fiction Survival Mission

Annihilation” is based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. Natalie Portman leads the cast as a biologist who must enter an ecological disaster zone in North America to try and figure out what is threatening her husband’s life. The supporting cast includes Gina Rodriguez,
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Alex Garland’s sci-fi Annihilation heading straight to Netflix in the UK

Director Alex Garland’s upcoming sci-fi Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman, is set to be released straight to Netflix in the UK and other territories outside North America and China.

The film, which is Garland’s highly anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-winning debut Ex Machina, is due for its Us release on February 23 and will now arrive on the streaming service less than three weeks later, Deadline reports.

Paramount is handling the release of the film in the USA, Canada and China, with Netflix in control for other territories.

See Also: Watch the first trailer for Alex Garland’s Annihilation

The deal is similar to a recent agreement made between Netflix and New Line Cinema for their Shaft sequel.

Annihilation is an adaptation of the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s sci-fi trilogy Southern Reach and has been building buzz as a result of its director.

Garland made his directorial debut with Ex Machina,
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Caitlin FitzGerald, Paul Sparks Board Starz's 'Sweetbitter' Adaptation

Starz's Sweetbitter adaptation is rounding out its cast.

Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex), Paul Sparks (House of Cards) and Tom Sturridge (The Hollow Crown) have signed on for the pay cabler's drama series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Evan Jonigkeit (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Daniyar (Claws), Eden Epstein (In Between Men) and Jasmine Mathews (Blue Bloods) have also joined the series-regular cast.

Described as Kitchen Confidential meets Bridget Jones, Sweetbitter centers on a young woman's coming-of-age story that takes place in the world of exclusive restaurants. It centers on 22-year-old Tess (Never Let Me Go's Ella Purnell), who shortly after arriving in...
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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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New to Streaming: ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time,’ ‘Marjorie Prime,’ ‘Lady Macbeth,’ ‘Landline,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Abundant Acreage Available (Angus MacLachlan)

Faith-based cinema is as diverse a genre as there is, from the extreme, often violent portraits of devotion from established directors like Martin Scorsese and Mel Gibson, to the attacks on logic in the God’s Not Dead and Left Behind pictures. Angus MacLachlan, a great storyteller of the not-too-deep south, offers a nuanced example of what this genre can bring, returning with the moving Abundant Acreage Available.
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The confrontation by Anne-Katrin Titze

Benedict Andrews' Una star ‪Rooney Mara‬ on Ben Mendelsohn's Ray: "She can't take her eyes off of him." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Benedict Andrews' harrowing debut feature Una, screenplay by David Harrower, based on his play Blackbird (on Broadway with Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels), stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Ruby Stokes with Riz Ahmed and Tara Fitzgerald. The costumes are by Steven Noble (Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting, Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin and Mark Romanek and Alex Garland's adaptation of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, announced today).

Una (as in either the one and only or the first of many) is a young woman (Rooney Mara) who as a teenager (played by Ruby Stokes) was the victim of a sex offender. A decade and a half after the trial that sent him, Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) to prison,
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‘Remains of the Day’ Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

‘Remains of the Day’ Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature
English novelist and screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Ishiguro is best known for writing “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go,” two acclaimed best-sellers that were later adapted for the screen. The prize committee in Sweden said Ishiguro’s works contained “great emotional force” that “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”

The Nobel Prize is considered to be literature’s top honor. Past recipients include Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez, and Ernest Hemingway. Last year’s honoree, Bob Dylan, was a controversial selection, because he was best known for his music, and because he opted not to attend the ceremony to pick up his prize in person.

Ishiguro’s most recent novel, 2015’s “The Buried Giant,” was a departure for him. It was set just after the fall of the Roman empire and involved mystical creatures. The
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